Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Today's outing started on wide open and easy to navigate terrain...
Laying fresh tracks across a beautiful snow covered meadow at Rabbit Ears Pass.
Well, that's how it started. Every once in a while things do not go as planned and today was one such occasion. Our plan was to skijor the open meadow shown above and then cut up into the trees, following a snowmobile trail, and connect to a trailhead on the other side of the forest.

From "well laid plans" to "oops, where are we?!?" was the day's adventure. I thought we got on the right snowmobile trail but, instead, the trail ended in the trees with no obvious direction to continue. I figured, "Well, we are just a bit off track, so if we keep going up through the trees we'll eventually reconnect with the wide snowmobile trail." Hmmm....
Oops! This is certainly NOT a snowmobile trail! I'm not supposed to be higher than
Max & Zorro on skis with a huge dip between us!
After many twists & turns through the trees, expecting to find the snowmobile trail (but finding nothing), I suggested to all that we give up and turn around.
"Okay, if you say so. But we've had a blast doing our own thing in the trees!" says my happy
and agreeable partners.
Nice thing about snow is that it is easy to follow your ski tracks back out of the forest when you get lost!

Back out of the forest and into the meadow where we started...
"Must cool off after breaking trail in the trees!" demonstrates silly Max.
"I think I see the real snowmobile trail. Let's try it again!" suggests 'ready to go again' Zorro.

An interesting day getting lost in the forest and then following our tracks back out: 7.1 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 144 days on the trails covering 1207.9 miles with 128,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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